Thursday, January 27

Amazon’s Kuiper Project will launch its satellites in 2022 | Digital Trends Spanish


Amazon’s Kuiper Project, which seeks to establish a network of satellites orbiting the Earth, already has more concrete plans: the first satellites will launch into space in 2022.

Specifically, the satellites are called KuiperSat-1 and KuiperSat 2, according to the experimental launch license delivered by the FCC agency in the United States. In the document, it is specified that the two satellites will take off into space during the last quarter of 2022, on a date yet to be determined.

Another interesting detail that the document reveals is that both KuiperSats will orbit at an altitude of 590 kilometers in space (366 miles), with a 33-degree tilt angle and a 96-minute long orbit. Each of them will have three satellite dishes with which they will establish communications at Amazon’s bases on the ground.

These KuiperSats will be the first of the more than 3,000 satellites that Amazon plans to put into orbit around the planet, with a single objective: to transmit broadband internet to the entire globe. And although they are already authorized to put satellites in space, they also have conditions, since the FCC set the deadline for the year 2026 to launch 50 percent of the KuiperSat.

If Amazon does not meet this condition, they could lose the license, which would pose a problem for the investment of more than $ 10 billion dollars that they will make in total.

So far, Amazon’s work seems well under way. Rajeev Badyal, vice president of technology for the Kuiper Project, assured that all the systems are already prepared and have given good results in the test environments. But nothing replaces the real environment, which in this case, is putting the satellites into orbit.

Amazon’s satellites will launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida, powered by the RS1 rocket from ABL Space Systems.

Amazon Kuiper will be a kind of competition for StarLink, Jeff Bezos’ satellite internet company that is gradually expanding its operations in Latin America.

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